Benefit News


SOFA drivers in Japan prepare to pay annual road tax

CAMP ZAMA, Japan, March 20, 2019 - Japanese officials are coming to Camp Zama April 16 through 19 to make it more convenient for military-affiliated vehicle owners to pay the annual road tax.


Get to Know Your TRICARE Prime Plan

Falls Church, VA, March 20, 2019 - TRICARE Prime is similar to a health maintenance organization, or HMO, plan. This means you get most of your care from an assigned or selected primary care manager (PCM). This PCM refers you to specialists for care that he or she can’t provide and works with your TRICARE regional contractor for referrals and authorizations.


How Does Divorce Affect Your TRICARE Benefit?

Falls Church, VA, March 18, 2019 - Closing the chapter on a marriage can be a confusing time. If you’re going through a divorce, you may be wondering about your TRICARE benefits. Divorce, annulment, or dissolution of a marriage is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). This QLE allows you and family members to make changes to your TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan outside of TRICARE Open Season. To help you and your loved ones understand your TRICARE health care options after getting divorced, here are some things to know.


Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2019 — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, as part of an innovative partnership, VA and Sanford Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems, will soon provide free genetic testing to some Veterans cared for by VA.The VA PHarmacogenomics Action for cancer SuRvivorship (PHASeR) testing program will begin a pilot program this year at the Durham VA Health Care System that will enroll all cancer survivors who receive treatment at the facility. The program eventually will expand to enrolling some 250,000 U.S. Veterans at 125 sites.


New Army app provides mobile access to HR, pay records

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2019 - The Army has released a new human resources mobile application for the Integrated Personnel and Pay System - Army (IPPS-A) that allows Soldiers to access their personnel records using a mobile phone or tablet. IPPS-A is the Army's next generation human resources and pay system that revolutionizes the way the Army does business and brings the Total Force into the digital age.


VA launches collaborative training initiative to improve customer service for Veteran claims and appeals

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2019 - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it recently launched a new customer service training initiative for employees to improve VA’s claims and appeals process.VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the Veterans Benefits Administration Compensation Services (CS) are developing small-video training modules to focus on medically complex disabilities that often go to appeals, and in July 2018, started gathering information from both organizations’ training and quality assurance elements to focus on challenges with knee-disability ratings, since these evaluations can be complicated for both claims and appeals.